Below are some of the honors, awards and accomplishments our students, staff, schools and district have earned during the 2021-22 school year.
Faculty and Staff
- Laura Milas from Hinsdale Central was selected by the Illinois Art Education Association (IAEA) as its Distinguished Service to the IAEA award winner for 2021.
- John Naisbitt, who is a social studies teacher and coach at Hinsdale Central, earned an Outstanding Educator Award from the University of Chicago. He was among the educators who were recognized for the significant role they play in their students' education, and the positive impact they have on the lives of those they teach.
The District 86 communications department won three awards in conjunction with the 2021 Illinois Chapter of the National School Public Relations Association’s (INSPRA) Communications Contest, including Awards of Excellence for the district’s equity statement video and fall and spring print newsletters, and an Award of Merit for a variety of employee recognition social media campaigns.
- Kristin Marks Pascavage, who is the director of special education for Hinsdale South, and Heather Stomberg, who is the assistant director of special education for Hinsdale South, presented about culturally responsive practices in IEP meetings during the 2021 TASH Conference.
- Hinsdale Central English teacher Jared Friebel gave a presentation titled "Honoring Our Students' Work: IATE's Young Writers Poetry & Prose Contest" at the Illinois Association of Teachers of English Conference in October.
- David Lange, who is the department chair for English at Hinsdale Central, was part of a group that gave a presentation titled "Creating Balance of Professional Development Between Your Staff and Yourself" at the Council on English Leadership National Conference in November.
- Tony Madonia, who is a special education teacher in the district's HAVEN program and soccer coach at Hinsdale Central, was accepted into the United Soccer Coaches' 30 Under 30 Program.
- Keith Bockwoldt, who is the district's chief information officer, was among the leaders in education who were interviewed by THE Journal for an article titled "13 Predictions for K–12 and Technology in 2022."
- Hinsdale South teacher Rick Cazzato presented during the Virtual Conference of Workshops hosted by the Metropolitan Mathematics Club of Chicago on Feb. 12. His session was focused on some of the activities that he has used and/or created via an application called Desmos to help teach key concepts in geometry, statistics and precalculus.
- Hinsdale Central's Kelly Watson was named the assistant athletic director of the year by the Illinois Athletic Directors Association.
- Hinsdale Central's Dan Jones was named a finalist for National Athletic Director of the Year by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association.
- Lexi Miuccio from Hinsdale South and Billson Rasavongxay from Hinsdale Central were named Outstanding Activity Advisors by the Illinois Directors of Student Activities (IDSA).
- Sally Phillip, who is the activities director at Hinsdale Central, was named the District Administrator of the Year by the Illinois District of the National Speech and Debate Association.
- Senior Alexandra Collins from Hinsdale Central was selected as one of the winners of the 2021 Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes. This annual award, which was established by author T. A. Barron in 2001, honors 25 outstanding young leaders ages 8 to 18 who have had a positive impact on people, their communities and the environment.
- Sophomore Edward Thomas from Hinsdale South was accepted into the U.S. Department of State’s National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program, which is part of a U.S. government initiative that seeks to foster international cooperation by ensuring that Americans have the necessary linguistic skills and cultural knowledge to effectively communicate globally.
- Senior Mia Yen from Hinsdale South was selected for the College Board's National Hispanic Recognition Program.
- Junior Emil Riegger from Hinsdale Central took first place at the conference, regional and sectional tournaments for boys golf.
- Junior Sarah Thornton from Hinsdale Central took first place at the regional tournament for girls golf.
- Freshman Elyssa Abdullah Hinsdale Central took first place at the sectional tournament and fourth place at state for girls golf.
- Senior Billy Gneiser from Hinsdale South took first place at the conference tournament for boys golf. He also came in fourth place at state, which was South's best finish ever at the tournament.
- Freshman Anna Wiskowski and junior Nicole Hu from Hinsdale Central came in first and second place respectively in singles at the sectional tournament for girls tennis. Central also captured the top two spots in doubles, with junior Sophia Kim and senior Katie Dollens taking first and senior Zoe Limparis and junior Bridget Novatoney taking second.
- Senior Chase Metcalf from Hinsdale South took third place at the sectional tournament and seventh place at state for girls tennis.
- Jui Khankari from Hinsdale Central was one of 300 high school seniors who were named scholars by the Society for Science in conjunction with the organization's annual science and math competition. The scholars were chosen based on their "exceptional research skills, commitment to academics, innovative thinking and promise as scientists as demonstrated through the submission of their original, independent research projects, essays and recommendations."
- Kelsey Pettry from Hinsdale South advanced to the state finals for girls bowling in the wheelchair division.
- Mitchell Hanson, Elijah John and Eva Maria Louis from Hinsdale South earned a perfect composite score of 36 on the ACT.
- Victor Ferrell and Patrick Redding from Hinsdale Central took the top two spots in a competition organized by Sports Career Consulting, LLC that tasked students with "the development of a point of purchase display representing a consumer goods brand tied to Super Bowl LVI." Ferrell took first place for his "Lego Stadium" display, while Redding tied for second with his "Gatorade Shower" concept.
- Vincent Galassi from Hinsdale Central was named to the Illinois High School Association's (IHSA) 2021-22 Honorable Mention Team for academics. In order to be nominated, students must possess a minimum 3.50 grade point average on a 4.0 scale after their seventh semester, have participated in at least two IHSA-sponsored sports or activities during each of the last two years, and demonstrated outstanding citizenship.
- Eleanor Monyek from Hinsdale Central was selected by the Daily Herald for its 2021-2022 DuPage County All-Area Girls Basketball Team. Amelia Lavorato from Hinsdale South and Nina Sarros from Hinsdale Central earned honorable mentions. Monyek was also recognized by the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association in conjunction with the selections for its 2022 All-State Teams. She received a special mention for the girls at the Class 4A level.
- Garrett Bolte from Hinsdale South and Ben Oosterbaan from Hinsdale Central were selected by the Daily Herald for its 2021-2022 DuPage County All-Area Boys Basketball Team. Bolte was also recognized by the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association in conjunction with the selections for its 2022 All-State Teams. He was named to the third team for the boys at the Class 3A level.
Mara Severts from Hinsdale Central was one of four students to earn a scholarship during the recent 2022 Alliance of Fine Art (AFA) Student Scholarship Competition. She received a $250 prize for her oil painting titled "For Breakfast."
Hinsdale Central students Sebastian Attlan and Nate Maydanchik took part in the Mathematical Association of America's (MAA) United States of America Mathematical Olympiad (USAMO) and United States of America Junior Mathematical Olympiad (USAJMO). These are competitions that last a total of nine hours over a two-day period. Attlan qualified for the USAMO by being one of the top-scoring AMC 12 participants, while Maydanchik qualified for the USAJMO by being one of the top-scoring AMC 10 participants (AMC stands for American Mathematics Competitions).
Schools and District
- Hinsdale Central was among the 325 schools from across the country that was named a 2021 National Blue Ribbon School. The U.S. Department of Education awards this recognition on an annual basis to affirm the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content.
For the second straight year, Solstice, which is the art and literary magazine produced by students and staff from Hinsdale Central, has been awarded a Gold Crown by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA). It is one of 20 print literary magazines in the country, and the only one from Illinois, to earn this honor.
- Vespa, which is Hinsdale South's yearbook, earned a rating of All-American from the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA). This means that NSPA ranked the publication among the top 5% in the nation.
- Twenty-five seniors from District 86 were named semifinalists in the 67th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. They are among the 16,000 students from across the country who were selected as semifinalists from the more than 1.5 million individuals who took the qualifying exam last fall.
- Nearly 60 students from District 86 were recognized as Commended Students by the National Merit Scholarship Program for their performance on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).
- The girls golf team Hinsdale Central won its 15th consecutive conference championship. The team also won its regional and sectional tournaments and took fourth place at state.
- The boys golf team from Hinsdale Central won its second straight conference championship. The team also came in second at its regional and sectional tournaments and took third place at state.
- The girls tennis team from Hinsdale Central won its conference championship after sweeping the competition in singles and doubles. The team also took first place in its sectional tournament and wrapped up its season by winning its sixth state championship in the past 10 seasons and 19th title overall.
- The girls tennis team from Hinsdale South took second place at its conference tournament and third place at its sectional tournament.
- Nearly 60 students from District 86 earned All District selections for band, chorus, jazz band and orchestra from the Illinois Music Education Association.
- More than 30 students from District 86 were recognized by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers in conjunction with its Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. The entries they submitted for the competition earned a total of 63 awards, including 12 Gold Keys, 22 Silver Keys and 29 Honorable Mentions.
- District 86 students turned in outstanding performances during the regional competition hosted by the Business Professionals of America (BPA). A total of 90 students from Hinsdale Central and Hinsdale South qualified for the state competition after earning a combined 83 top five finishes (27 first place, 23 second place, 16 third place, 10 fourth place and seventh fifth place) in their events.
- The Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) International awarded District 86 the Certificate of Excellence (COE) in Financial Reporting for our Annual Comprehensive Financial Report for the fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2021. The COE recognizes "districts that have met the program’s high standards for financial reporting and transparency." The district also earned the Meritorious Budget Award (MBA) from ASBO for the 2021-22 budget year. This is the sixth consecutive year the district won this award, which "promotes and recognizes best budget presentation practices in school districts." It also reflects a"commitment to sound fiscal management and budgetary policies."
- The competitive danceline team from Hinsdale South qualified for the state finals by winning its sectional tournament in Geneva. It was the team's second sectional championship in school history, and ninth consecutive trip to state.
- Students from District 86 earned the top three scores on the examinations that were administered in conjunction with the American Mathematics Competitions (AMC) for individuals in grades 10 and below and 12 and below. Eva Louis, Eli Carder, and Parth Joshi from Hinsdale South and Nathanial Maydanchik, Kevin Xue, and Ashkay Naik from Hinsdale Central took the top spots on the AMC 10 test. Meanwhile, Anastasia Galinski, Zeeshan Razzaq, and Nithin Reddy from Hinsdale South and Grant Zhang and Wilbert Chu (tied for first place), Sebastian Attlan, and Dmitriy Shvydkoytook from Hinsdale Central took the top spots on the AMC 12 test.
- The speech team from Hinsdale South won the regional tournament, took second place at the sectional tournament, and won the state championship behind first place finishes by Darrell Mondaine in the Original Comedy event and Cameron Chamberlain and Cate Cianci in the Dramatic Duet Acting event. The speech team from Hinsdale Central took third place at both the regional and sectional tournament, and finished in sixth place at state thanks to the individual championships that Jack Huber and Nico Kiperman won in the Humorous Duet Acting event and Ajay Gupta won in the Extemporaneous Speaking event.
- The girls gymnastics team from Hinsdale Central came in second at regionals behind a dominant performance by Kelly Klobach, who took first place and qualified for the sectional tournament in every event. Klobach qualified for state in the all-around after taking first on the vault, second on the uneven parallel bars and third on the balance beam at the sectional tournament. She finished her season by tying for fourth on the vault, taking ninth on the uneven parallel bars and finishing 11th in the all-around at the state tournament.
- Five District 86 wrestlers qualified for the state tournament - Cody Tavoso and Marko Ivanisevic from Hinsdale Central, and Griffin Carr, Manny Wallace and Alec Miller from Hinsdale South. Ivanisevic took fifth and Tavoso took sixth in their respective weight classes at state.
- The following seven seniors from District 86 were named candidates for the 2022 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.
- Mitchell Hanson - Hinsdale South
- Elijah John - Hinsdale South
- Jui Khankari - Hinsdale Central
- Maximilian Lai - Hinsdale Central
- Andrew Metzger - Hinsdale South
- Nadir Muzaffar - Hinsdale Central
- Grant Zhang - Hinsdale Central
- Twenty-three seniors from District 86 were among the 15,000 individuals from across the country who were named finalists in the 67th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
- The boys swimming and diving team from Hinsdale Central took first place at the sectional tournament and qualified for state in 12 events. The team came in second at the state tournament behind top 10 finishes in 10 individual events.
- The math team from Hinsdale Central took first place at the conference tournament for the West Suburban Math League. The math team from Hinsdale South took fourth place at the tournament, had the MVP for the event (Elijah John) and won the school's first title in the Oralists category (Elijah John and Anastasia Galinski).
- Students from Hinsdale Central and Hinsdale South turned in outstanding performances at the competition that was held in conjunction with the Illinois Business Professionals of America (BPA) State Leadership Conference. They took first place in several individual events and had a number of people from both schools qualify for the national competition.
- The math teams from Hinsdale Central and Hinsdale South took first place at their respective regional tournaments (4AA for Central and 3AA for South), and came in first or second in every individual event.
- The Hinsdale Central Scholastic Bowl team won its conference, regional and sectional championships. The team capped off its season by taking fourth place at the state tournament.
- The Science Olympiad teams from Hinsdale Central and Hinsdale South qualified for the state tournament following outstanding performances at regionals. The Red Devils finished third overall, and took second place in three events, third place in six events, fourth place in four events and fifth place in four events. Meanwhile, the Hornets came in fifth overall, and took first place in two events, second place in two events and third place in three events.
- Hinsdale South's theatre program qualified for state after winning the championship in Contest Play at the sectional tournament. The program went on to take third place at the state tournament for its production of "Torch Song Trilogy," and won the Critics Choice award in the Musical Theatre Review event for its production of "Mean Girls." Students Cameron Chamberlain, Mitchell Hanson, Darrell Mondaine, Izzy O'Neill, Joseph Chen, and Henry Sullivan were named All-State Actors and Technicians. Chamberlain, O'Neill, Hanson and Mondaine were also named All-Sectional Actors.
- Hinsdale Central students finished in the top three in 11 individual events at the regional competition for the Illinois Design Educators Association.
- Laura Milas from Hinsdale Central was selected by the Illinois Art Education Association (IAEA) as its Distinguished Service to the IAEA award winner for 2021.